Secularism, as exemplified by a zealous de-Christing of Christmas, is bad political strategy for liberals, writes Mark Steyn.
In Plano, Texas, in the heart of God-fearin’ Bush country, parents were instructed not to bring red and green plates and napkins for the school’s ”winter” parties, as red and green are colors with strong Christmas connotations and thus culturally oppressive.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph long ago got the heave-ho from the schoolhouse, but the great secular trinity of Santa, Rudolph and Frosty aren’t faring much better. ”Frosty The Snowman” and ”Jingle Bells” are offensive to those of a non-Frosty or non-jingly persuasion: They’re code for traditional notions of Christmas. The basic rule of thumb is: Anything you enjoy singing will probably get you sued.
. . . But every time some sensitive flower pulls off a legal victory over the school board, who really wins? For the answer to that, look no further than last month’s election results. Forty years of ACLU efforts to eliminate God from the public square have led to a resurgent, evangelical and politicized Christianity in America. By ”politicized,” I don’t mean that anyone who feels his kid should be allowed to sing ”Silent Night” if he wants to is perforce a Republican, but only that year in, year out, it becomes harder for such folks to support a secular Democratic Party closely allied with the anti-Christmas militants. American liberals need to rethink their priorities: What’s more important? Winning a victory over the New Jersey kindergarten teacher’s holiday concert, or winning back Congress and the White House?
In Britain and Europe, symbols of religious faith remain in public spaces while actual Christian faith has collapsed, Steyn points out.